Are you hunting for rare NES games or obscure heavy metal records? Do you want to find out what your sister’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer VHS collection is worth? Look no further, Geisladiskabúð Valda, or ‘Valdi’s CD Store’ is every collector’s heaven.
The shop has inhabited its tiny shack on Laugavegur 64, ever since its opening in 1998. It’s where treasures are bought, sold and traded; just as they were before the age of streaming, downloading and Netflix.
When you enter through the store’s crooked door frame, you find the 50 m2 floor thoroughly utilised—as stacks and boxes of CDs, DVDs, cassettes, games, vinyl and Blu-ray cover the cramped space from top to bottom. Valdi himself be standing behind the counter, eager to talk about your findings as if you were an old friend.